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Scenic Mountain Train Ride for Two or Four from Big South Fork Scenic Railway (Up to 53% Off)


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In a Nutshell

A scenic train ride winds through Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork River gorge, taking guests through area's mining past

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Expires Jun 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must redeem by expiration. Reservation required by 3pm the previous day; Subject to availability. All reservations are final. Must use all tickets in 1 visit. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like Olympic sprinters, trains race down tracks at high speed, but unlike most sprinters, trains stopped subsisting on coal years ago. Feed your appetite for adventure with this Groupon.

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  • $18 for two tickets to ride the K&T Railway (a $36 value)
  • $34 for four tickets to ride the K&T Railway (a $72 value)<p>

The train covers a 16-mile route through mountains and streams as it slowly descends 600 feet into the gorge of the Big South Fork River. During a 90-minute layover, passengers can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Blue Heron coal-mining camp, a national park site that was used for mining from 1937 to 1962. Passengers also pass through Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and receive admission to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns. Roundtrip rides last approximately three hours and run rain or shine.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Stearns Coal & Lumber Company, which controlled more than 200 square miles of land in Kentucky and Tennessee, built the K&T Railway to navigate and export its vast mountain resources. Now owned by a nonprofit organization, the K&T Railway still chugs along the same scenic pathways, importing sightseers and history buffs to glimpse the area's coal, lumber, and railroading past. Trips down into the gorge of the Big South Fork River drop almost 600 feet of elevation in 5 miles, with the train's sturdy engine conquering the steep mountain descent and ascent. In addition to traditional trips, the railway also offers specialty excursions that include hiking trips, twilight Halloween-themed rides, and a Santa Express fueled by the burning presents of disobedient children.

The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:


We thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality of the staff of the railway and the park service.

Jecklecat, TripAdvisor, 5/17/12


  • “Don't expect too much but with a groupon its a nice way to take a date....”

  • “Awesome! For those people who like history, this is the place to learn about the small town history. Fun to ride the train. ”

  • “Folks there are very efficient and accomdating”

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    100 Henderson Street

    Stearns, Kentucky 42647

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